This is my first time posting. I’ve been searching for a situation similar to mine and haven’t been able to find it. I just purchased the sprout last week and I’m really excited about it. I’m not an audiophile, but I like to have quality sound with quality components that will last a long time. I purchased the sprout to pair with my upgraded Rega P1 turntable and to be able to connect to my sonos system. This was my previous setup:
P1 -> Pro-ject phono box -> Sonos Connect
If I wanted to listen to records with my headphones I would just switch the connectors from the sonos connect to a cheap headphone amp, which worked fine. I do not currently have bookshelf speakers, so an amp was unnecessary.
I like simple setups and the all-in-one nature of the sprout appealed to me. I do eventually plan on getting some bookshelf speakers to go with it, but I’m taking baby steps. I wanted to be able to connect to sonos, use headphones, and eventually play through bookshelf speakers using the same amp/receiver. Sprout fit the bill. So my setup now is:
P1 -> PS Sprout -> Sonos Connect
My previous setup was sounded a fair amount better through Sonos than my current setup through the sprout. The sound is flat and tinny. It’s not horrible (as far as analog to digital goes), but it’s not as good as when connecting the preamp directly to the sonos connect. (Side-note: listening through headphones is a dream with the sprout.)
I’m wondering if there are others that are using this similar setup and if they have a solution. I wondered if the analog Y cable could be the problem (ie, I need to get a better quality 3.5mm to RCA Adapter)? Or if there is just a problem using Sprout in the way that I am using it with sonos. I know most people use the analog out for subwoofers, but my understanding is that it would work for other purposes.
Apologies for the long message and thanks in advance for any help provided!